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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2012 Limited Football (74 Must-See Images)

January 10, 2013

Panini America 2012 Limited Football QC (1)

The unassuming, player-less packaging used to house 2012 Limited Football belies the brilliance of the contents inside. In fact, after spending much of today closely scrutinizing the results of the recently completed Quality Control process, I’d venture to say that this year’s edition is one of the nicest-looking Limited releases ever.

Seemingly everything about 2012 Limited Football — the designs, the photography selection, the insert themes, the parallels, the incorporation of game-worn helmets and oversized memorabilia pieces, the checklists, the reintroduction of the fabled Hogg Heaven insert — is at the top of its game.

There’s so much cool in this product — which releases Wednesday — that I can’t really even pinpoint right now what aspect I like the most about it. In my humble opinion, it’s that good. But that’s just me. Take a look for yourself at the 74 images that follow and let us know what you think.

And stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional updates on 2012 Limited Football in the coming days.

38 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2013 2:43 pm

    This year’s limited looks good. The one thing that really stands out are the lighter backgrounds. In the past, the backgrounds have been rather dark and have held the player image back a bit. However, because this year’s backgrounds are lighter, the player seems to pop out more than usual. Nice job Panini.

  2. Jeff James permalink
    January 10, 2013 2:53 pm

    Just wondering if there will be a retail component (since there is barely one for Crown Royale, and none for Golden Age). And the retail place I hit marked Golden Age up from its “price” of $3 to almost $4)

    • SGP FB Guy permalink
      January 10, 2013 4:57 pm

      No retail product for 2012 Limited FB.

  3. January 10, 2013 2:55 pm

    Everything Looks Great! May I have the Jumbo Walter Payton?

  4. K Chan permalink
    January 10, 2013 2:58 pm

    Jumbo Payton is sick, is there a more limited prime version?

    • SGP FB Guy permalink
      January 10, 2013 4:59 pm

      Of course there are prime versions and they are “SWEETness”.

  5. January 10, 2013 3:00 pm

    I have to say, I liked the team names better on last year’s material phenoms- really made the card stand out. The rookie Jumbo patch autos with the number turned out absurdly good though, and i also love the look of Hogg Heaven, Inked and Blue Chips. cant wait!

  6. John Smith permalink
    January 10, 2013 3:06 pm

    Link to a checklist?

  7. dtlb58 permalink
    January 10, 2013 3:15 pm

    Why did they bother to make a Matt Cassel card?

  8. January 10, 2013 3:20 pm

    Man, these cards look great. Any way I can get the a box with a Walter Payton jumbo jersey? :) The base design and inserts look great, but I have to say that the Inked insert looks the coolest. Are there any rookies autos in the inked set, or just retired players? If so, I’d love to pull an Andrew Luck Inked auto!

    • SGP FB Guy permalink
      January 10, 2013 4:55 pm

      Checklist includes current and retired players only! No 2012 rookies.

  9. January 10, 2013 3:25 pm

    Love the return of helmets! I’m dying to see this years Limited Material Monikers. I’m slightly worried that there isn’t going to be any. Didn’t see any in there and nothing was labeled monikers for base autos either. Is something replacing it?

    • SGP FB Guy permalink
      January 10, 2013 4:56 pm

      There are 50 Material Monikers in 2012.

      • January 11, 2013 11:55 am

        YESSSSSSS. Care to preview the design somehow?

  10. durk78 permalink
    January 10, 2013 3:30 pm

    This years Limited reminds me of 2011 National Treasures with a sparkle.That’s good,more upscale look this year.

  11. January 10, 2013 4:38 pm

    Those Phenom primes are ridiculas.

  12. hudsonfan15 permalink
    January 10, 2013 5:14 pm

    I am SERIOUSLY impressed by this gallery, wow! It will be interesting to see the pack format and average box yield but just based on this gallery I predict this will be one of the best releases of the year. Thanks Tracy!

    • January 10, 2013 8:24 pm

      Glad to hear you say that, Tom. Indeed, it will come down to how the boxes break. I’m interested in seeing that, too.

  13. delvinvick permalink
    January 10, 2013 5:23 pm

    I think I just found my new favorite set of NFL cards. Please tell me you have some Luke Kuechly autos & memorabilia.

    • January 10, 2013 8:23 pm

      I’m sure he’s in here but will confirm as soon as I can get my hands on a checklist.

  14. Chad permalink
    January 10, 2013 5:24 pm

    Checklist Please.

  15. chris goad permalink
    January 10, 2013 8:33 pm

    i have always loved the rookie phenom patch auto’s! can’t wait to open a box and hit one this year!

  16. Bryan permalink
    January 10, 2013 9:49 pm

    Hogg Heaven was a fun product to open- I miss it. I’m a little worried that the autos on that insert will routinely be partially covered like the Stephen Hill pictured. The horizontal autos look much better than Absolute’s vertical version. I’m looking forward to picking up some of those RCs. Great work!

  17. January 11, 2013 6:49 am

    Love the Randall Cunningham and “Sweetness” cards-two of my favorite players growing up.

  18. Jimbo Slice permalink
    January 11, 2013 9:02 am

    I am super excited for the release of limited football. I am hyped to see memorabilia that states what games that piece was from-For my budget’s sake, does anyone know what the mrsp is on this? Thanks again-

  19. Michael permalink
    January 11, 2013 11:53 am

    why has jeffery been all stickers lately? I got my crown in the mail the other day and it was a sticker on the silloutte! I hope he is not a sticker in contenders! I want on-card autos at this point of my PC guy!

  20. Michael permalink
    January 11, 2013 11:57 am

    One more note, that Jeffery has a sick patch though! I wish there was a contest for Jeffery once in a while. I havent pulled 1 jeffery from panini or the “other” guys this whole nfl season!

    • January 11, 2013 12:01 pm

      Hmmm . . . a contest, you say?

      • Michael permalink
        January 11, 2013 1:58 pm

        That or I will wear a “I Love Panini” Shirt in my marathon walk I am doing in Charlotte! I have to have that Jeffery!

      • January 11, 2013 2:10 pm

        When is your marathon walk?

      • Michael permalink
        January 14, 2013 10:29 am

        In March! I tweeted it to you and Mr. Jeffery! I thought he have interest since I am near USC! Im a fan of USC(South Carolina) and DA BEARS!

  21. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    January 11, 2013 1:13 pm

    No Limits here. Great looking product.

  22. duoconflywheels permalink
    January 11, 2013 4:04 pm

    Nice to see some Panthers represented in the gallery. I love that Jonathan Stewart auto!

  23. cowboysfan84 permalink
    January 15, 2013 2:34 am

    Looks great, but it seems to have more rookies than veteran players and no cut autos??

  24. deloreanfan81 permalink
    January 16, 2013 5:30 am

    Luv every set guys…would so love to get that Payton somehow lol

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